I'm New

It's hard to know what it is sometimes, but something inside brought you to this ‘click’.  Maybe you have no connection to any faith at all and are trying to figure things out.  Maybe you have had bad experiences in "organized religion" and are looking for what might be out there that does not require you to “check your mind at the door.”  Maybe you have heard some idle rumor about that brown brick church with the awesome stained glass windows at Oakland and Romence and that this is a place where the absolute fullness of who you are is celebrated as God's good gift.   Whatever…I am glad you made the ‘click’.  This little section of our website tells you some of the basics of this community of faith.

Recently a member of staff here at PCHUM (Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist) described us as “classically progressive”.  I like that.  We carry the 2000 year+  history of Christianity and the 232 year-old history of Methodism into a culture that is changing so fast we are all seeking some grounding, while knowing that life is different…very different.  We are classical in that we hold the tradition with honor without being tied to it in such a way that it cannot evolve.  And we are progressive in that we work hard to keep the simple message of Jesus to love and be loved, to be righteous and  just in the world relevant to the wild diversity of folks in our time.  Classically progressive…

Every church says it is “friendly”.  And we try to be friendly.  Hospitable.  Warm/  More than that, though, we continue to shape a congregation with the questions and concerns of folks new to faith, or desiring renewal in faith, at the heart of all we do.  I hope you come and discover who we are, who Christ is, and who you might become as part of this community.

See you real soon…
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